Monday, September 3, 2012

Echelon by Golden Lighting: The Perfect Chandelier for a Mid-Century, Modern, or Girly Dining Room

Yesterday Keith installed our new dining room chandelier. After hours of online shopping, we chose the Echelon Collection five light chandelier by Golden Lighting. I wasn't sure about this design; I thought it might  be too girly and precious. I wanted something blatantly Mid Century, very simple and stark. But Keith and my mom loved it, and I'm so glad they talked me into it. The drum shade is very Mid Century, but the glass balls and crystal pendants make it look current. It looks like jewelry! I want to hang it around my neck like some kind of monstrous lavaliere! Ooh la la, and viva la girliness.

It was a pretty fantastic deal, too, considering that Golden Lighting makes a nearly identical chandelier that costs $340 more. If you like the less expensive design, buy it now. Lighting Direct's website says it's out of stock and will be shipped in 7 - 14 days, but it actually shipped the day after we bought it. When the chandelier arrived, though, it was in a box stamped "ITEM DISCONTINUED - LIMITED QUANTITIES AVAILABLE." There was just one problem with it: It was supposed to come with two chain connectors, but they were missing. Keith had to stop midway through the process to make a quick trip to Home Depot.
 Did I mention that Keith cheerfully installed this huge honkin' thing by himself? Yeah. He's awesome. He was all, "Let me get my voltmeter," and "Oops, gotta go to Home Depot," and "That was easy! What do you think?" I think it's beautiful! And as soon as I've covered the chairs with new fabric, I'll reveal the entire space with its airy, fresh, modern new look. Good riddance, red walls and wrought iron chandelier!


  1. Oooh, that chandelier is so pretty! I love that it's not terribly girly (I mean, *I* love girly but my boyfriend isn't terribly fond of it being all over the house haha). Actually, I think we may have a similar light fixture in our dining room, although it's just the drum :)

    I can't wait to see your dining room after you finish it, ahh!

    1. I know, right? It's the perfect kinda-sorta girly compromise. The drum shade dudes it up. The funny thing is, I originally wanted a plain drum shade, like you have! :)

      It's cool, though. I like learning to embrace the girly stuff. And I *need* more girly elements to tone down my look.

  2. I'm looking into getting the same chandelier. Would you say it gives off enough light for a living room? Also, how low does it hang from the ceiling?

    1. Hi Jess,

      I'm glad you found me here! We've had the chandelier for a year and a half now, and we still love it. I'm having a hard time imagining it in a living room, but I do think it would cast enough light to illuminate a cozy living room or den similar in size to our dining room. I wouldn't expect it to light a long, narrow room all by itself, though. And I wouldn't put it a huge, two-story great room.

      You can see pictures of our dining room if you click on the tab at the top of the page that says "I Live Here." That should give you an idea of the size of the room in which we use it. The fixture hangs from a small chain, which is attached to a plate that sits flat against the ceiling. You can swag the chain to adjust the height of the fixture as desired. One more thing: A dimmer switch works really well with this fixture. We use the dimmer often for romantic dinners.

      Hope this helps,


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